NFPA Journal - May/June 2013 - (Page 18)

>> PersPectives VIEWPOINTS ON FIRE + LIFE SAFETY william fries at the Pentagon. built at the height of wwII, the facility was originally considered a temporary home for u.s. military command. Defensible Space William Fries, fire marshal for the Pentagon, talks about the long process of transforming the building into a code-compliant mega-structure following the September 11 terrorist attacks It may be the world’s largest offIce buIldIng, but the Pentagon is more analogous to a city. Located in Arlington, Virginia, and home to the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense, the structure includes about 3.7 million square feet (344,000 square meters) of office space. Add all the other elements of this city-under-one-roof—a bank, post office, hair salon, dental office, pharmacy, a collection of big-box stores, 43 eateries, and more—and the total swells to around 6.5 million square feet (604,000 square meters), according to the Pentagon. The building’s series of five concentric rings hold more than 23,000 military and civilian employees, with a maximum capacity of about 28,000. 18 NFPA JOURNAL MAY/JUNE 2013 Like most cities, the Pentagon complex is subject to risks from internal and external factors, a reality that unfolded in front of a global audience on September 11, 2001. When American Airlines Flight 77 slammed into the west side of the Pentagon, killing all 59 passengers and 125 people at the Pentagon, a series of renovations was already underway to update the building’s safety features, including the installation of a sprinkler system. After assessing the damage, Pentagon officials continued their plan while emphasizing safeguards to additional threats. Part of that effort included the hiring of William Fries, formerly with the consulting firm Hughes Associates, who became fire marshal and supervis- Photograph: U.S. Department of Defense

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NFPA Journal - May/June 2013

NFPA Journal - May/June 2013
First Word
In a Flash
Heads Up
Structural Ops
In Compliance
Electrical Safety
Wildfire Watch
Treasurer's Report
Work in Progress
Amping It Up
Drill Team
Working Together
Code Process 2.0
Routine Maintenance
Here, There, Everywhere
Section Spotlight
Expo Preview: Exhibitors' Showcase
Looking Back

NFPA Journal - May/June 2013